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"Awesome weekend ahead" | Carolina Contender | 09/20/04
 

The weather is shaping up to be great this weekend.  We've had a massive cold front bring lots of north winds, but it will calm down toward Thursday and I GUARANTEE the bite will be hot this weekend-- Flounder, King Mackerel and Wahoo.  Make plans to be here-- stop by the Fishing Center as we're overstocked-- SALES galore!!!

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"More Details on Yesterday's Gulf Stream Adventure" | Carolina Contender | 09/17/04
 

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"Fishing is hot!" | Carolina Contender | 09/16/04
 

Today was a great day on the water.  Everything is lining up just perfect for great Fall fishing.  Too perfect maybe.  Just as everything is getting right we are being stared down by yet another hurricane.  We'll save that worry for another day.  For now let's talk about the awesome fishing Brant and I had with a buddy of ours Allen Ambrose up off the Same Ol hole today in the gulf stream.  I'll give you the short for now and Brant will provide a few more details and pics tomorrow. We had a banner Carolina day with 3 dolphin, 3 tuna, 5 wahoo, and a blue marlin!  Also heard the kings bit hard again down here off Ocean Isle today plenty of 15-25 lbers.  Lets all keep our fingers crossed now and hopefully we'll be spared by the next storm. 


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"FISH!" | Carolina Contender | 09/15/04
 

I believe Capt. Brant is going to have some exciting news later today about the fishing.  Like a light switch they turned on- or so I hear.  Big king mackerel and big flounder and lots of them.  A calm day of weather yielded big catches.  Fall fishing is here?  Stay tuned


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"Today's Report- HOT BITE" | Mac Marle'n | 09/15/04
 

What are we doing???  The weather finally cleared a little today and WHAM-- the fish hit the dock!!!  Although our charter fleet did not fish (nobody's here to go fishing)  Yorke Pharr took fishing friends Mitchell and Nolan Newell and Brad Walker on the "Pharr Fishing Team" on a fun trip in search of Kings.  They caught bait easily just outside of Shallotte Inlet and went to the Jungle where they reported slow, but steady action until 2pm when it lit up and the Kings went crazy.  They ended up bringing 3, 20+ pound Kings back to the dock and reported losing plenty more.  Capt. Yorke indicated the area was alive with activity as schools of Spanish worked the surface-----
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Jeff Beck and Jay Utley just pulled away from the dock after fishing the Jim Caudle reef off Little River.  They weighed a 7.4 pound Flounder and had a cooler full of 2-4 pounders.  Jeff reported too that the ocean was alive as Bluefin were everywhere. 

What can I say but that the time is here.  The fish are here.  Get us past this weather and you can count on some awesome fishing.  You just wait.  Next early week looks decent and hopefully if we can keep Jeanne away, it will be good right on through.  I'm so excited I can't stand it.  Tomorrow I'm going to try to go fishing myself, whether it be Flounder or Blue Marlin, I'm going to do something.  Just thought all you folks that are down in the dumps should know--THERE IS HOPE!!!


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"No Rhyme or Reason to Hurricane Season" | Carolina Contender | 09/14/04
 

As I sit here trying to dream up an exciting fish story, all I can hear in my mind are different Jimmy Buffet song lines....."They’ve shut down the water slide"...."the coast is clear"..."the weather's here; I wish you were beautiful"....and finally the answer to this funk I think we're all in..."There’s no rhyme or reason to hurricane season". I cannot remember an August/ September like this where week after week, storm after storm, every weekend ends up rainy and windy. There's got to be an end to this, but as I sit here, we've got Ivan coming into the gulf probably curving across land to drench us and now Jeanie is forming east of the Bahamas, pointing at the east coast. Enough! I've had it and it's time we go on the offensive and change this weather pattern we seem to be stuck in. So here is a list of things we all need to do and maybe by all working together we can create our own pressure system that will cause the climatic change we need to get back on track.

[1] Email the weather channel and request [no, demand] they send Jim Cantorie on vacation to Nebraska, South Dakota or somewhere that he can't cause trouble.

[2] Build a campfire in your back yard [a BBQ grill will suffice] and dance backwards around the fire [concept is to create a counter rotation air flow that will unwind any developing low pressure systems.]

[3] Take a tray of ice cubes and throw them in the ocean.  [This will lower the water temperature, which deprives hurricanes of their power].

[4] Turn off your air conditioning. [This will reduce power demand and therefore CP&L will generate less energy and thus reduce their warm water discharge[hurricane energy source] from their power plant into the ocean off Yaupon Beach.

[5] Come up with your own ideas...try something. We need help!

 

Now that I've got that off my chest; fishing wise there are a few fishing reports that will breathe life back into your fishing spirit.  It is known that the Fall typically starts a good Wahoo and Billifsh bite in the Gulf Stream as evidenced by a recent report of a hot Wahoo bite while fishing the Winyah Scarp area last week.  In addition, the same boat hooked three Billfish including a Blue Marlin amongst the dozen or so Wahoo they caught.  Over the weekend and between Hurricanes, the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel tournament took place from the Morehead City area.  The weather was certainly not great, but some 400 boats participated and did have a fair catch of King Mackerel including a whopping 57 pound King that took first place.  In addition there were several fish over 40 pounds.  The bite was not good by any means, likely a result of the 15kt East winds,  but Kings were scattered all throughout the fishing area from 50 to 120 feet which is evidence that they are in fact out there.  I think that given stable conditions as well as southerly winds, the bite would be pretty good up and down our coast.   It's certainly time for our fall fishing to get kicked in gear and hopefully if we can fix the weather we can resume our normal lives soon.  Let’s all keep the folks in the path of Ivan in our thoughts and hopefully they will be spared the devastation that seems nearly imminent. 

 


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"Finally Back At It" | Mac Marle'n | 09/10/04
 

After what seemed like an eterninty of a weather delay, we finally hit the high seas again today and found a consistant bite of amberjacks and barracudas at the Barges on mullet.  It was a struggle at times to keep them out of the wreck but we did manage to land a few up to a citation size of 52.30 lbs.  We're back at it tomorrow with a 1/4 and full day trips so stay tuned for another report!


- Capt. Roger Gales
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/04/04
 

Well, tried to take the CC out today in the hopes of doing some Flounder and Drum fishing at one of the nearshore reefs-- BUT-- 6 foot breakers across Shallotte Inlet slowed that plan down.  The tide was mid and rising and the waves were breaking heavy all the way across the inlet due to the swell and I could just imagine trying to get back in on lower water with a falling tide.  I opted for the safer side and decided to save my fishing ambitions for another day.  I hope to have more to say soon-- stay tuned.  Be sure to check out the political page as we do have more updates as work on both the Pogy boat issue as well as the Shallotte Inlet dredging project.


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"" | Carolina Contender | 09/03/04
 

BIG NEWS on the Shallotte Inlet dredging program. Check out our "Political issues" page.


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 09/01/04
 

Well I thought I'd have a report for you today as the forecast looked good last night but non-stop monsoon rains with the occasional lightning strike thwarted my plans at chasing Wahoo and White Marlin- of which I hear there's a pretty decent bite in the Stream.
We're crossing our fingers on Frances, however fishing conditions don't look too favorable this weekend.  I've just got this sneaky feeling that after this storm the Fall fishing will begin-- As you're driving down the road keep your eyes peeled for yellow butterflies-- a wise old salts says- "When the Yellow Butterflies fly, the fish start to moving and biting". 


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"Today's Report" | Show Time | 08/28/04
 

Today Capt. Bryan and myself fished in the Frantic Atlantic King Mackeral Tournament out of Little River, SC.  We found bait off of Long Beach and headed about 48 miles offshore to hopefully find some clearer water and a winning king mackeral.  Due to a ominous looking cloud offshore, we pulled up a little bit short and fished the Horseshoe for a bit.  The amberjacks were chewing the bottom of the boat out there so we caught a few and then headed back offshore to the Navy Wreck.  There we caught sharks, amberjacks, a jack crevelle, and missed a couple of king mackeral strikes.  The highlight, though, was the 22 lb. wahoo that we caught there on a naked pogy off the downrigger which one us first place in the wahoo division for the tournament.  We won't be fishing tomorrow due to the tropical storm right off the coast, but will be back at it as soon as the ocean calms back down a bit so stay tuned.


- Capt. Grady Gordon
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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/26/04
 

Here is a pic of the torpedo wahoo caught aboard the Hooligan last week on live bait gear down at the Brunswick Islands pro king mackerel tournament.  The fish stalked a double pogy rig before nailing it and stripping off several hundred yards of line in seconds. 


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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/25/04
 

King mackerel fishing continues to be tough.  A combination of the poor water conditions and the traditional late August- early September slump make finding a kingfish a real challenge.  There is still plenty of action to be had from the barracudas and amberjacks which are always fun to battle.  In addition I noticed more shrimp boats out than I can remember so I bet the blacktip shark fishing might be pretty good.  We'll be checking that out this week.  The brisk northerly winds we've had for a couple days and forecasted for the next couple days is keeping is closer to the beach.  The best bet for action on kings will be to get offshore into at least 100ft of water as soon as the weather allows.  I did hear of a good stream report from Sunday.  The Same Ol hole lit up pretty good for a one boat that I know of who had 7 wahoo and one 35-40 lb mahi.  Also, up north they are having a banner year on the white marlin so expect a decent run down this way a little later in the season probably late September or October.  There are still a few scattered schools of pogies around Shallotte inlet but they are a little tough to catch if they are hanging in the deeper water 20ft+.  The weather is looking a little better this weekend with forecasted wind to be calm out of the south.  Time to go deep.


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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/24/04
 

Check "political issues" for pogy update.


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"" | Carolina Contender | 08/23/04
 

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fish on the Hooligan, a 34' Yellowfin, in the Golden Isles pro king mackerel tournament down in Brunswick, GA.  Although we had high hopes of escaping our slow king mack bite up here, the same slow bite was found down there.  We fished for two days mostly in 115 ft of water and caught only 4 mackerels.  We did manage a stud 50lb wahoo on king mack gear which was a ton of fun. Our best fish on day one was 25lbs which put us in 12th after day one but we just couldn't back it up with anything on day two for the aggregate formatted tournament.  However a couple of local teams and OIFC pro team members did fair well in the event.  Forest Taylor on That's My Dog had a good event with a 6th place finish.  The big winner was Dean Spatholt, Greg Spatholt, and David Haines on the Fishmeister who caught a 45lb smoker on day one to win the local big fish tournament and take second in the aggregate pro event.  There are several Brunswick County teams that are doing well in the pro division. You can check out the standings at www.fishska.com


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"Today's Report" | Mac Marle'n | 08/22/04
 

Today we started off looking for bait by going to the west.  This effort came up dry so it was off to the Barges to jig some cigar minnows.  From there we headed off to Atlantic Ledges where we found a very hot amberjack bite, and believe it or not a king mackeral.  This was the first king we have seen since Hurricane Charley so hopefully this is a good sign of things to come for the week.  On the 1/4 day trip this afternoon, we battled the rain to find a steady spanish mackeral bite along with plenty of barracudas.  Stay tuned as we have trips planned for everyday this week!


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"Pogy update" | Carolina Contender | 08/21/04
 

Click on "political issues" page for pogy update


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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 08/18/04
 

I had a full day today aboard the CC and got a chance to get offshore and take a look around at the state of affairs.  The water is milky green all the way out to 35 miles which I think will keep the King Mackerel fishing slow-- Case in point-- not a boat in OIFC or any other fleet I heard of had a King Mackerel today-- The Amberjack have come on with a vengeance as they are everywhere and HUNGRY.  Did a good bit of bottomfishing from 75-90 feet and the bite was not hot at all- although we did manage a super catch with a 15 pound Genuine Red Snapper-- We had a couple of Grouper and more Jacks and that was it.  Anyway, it will take a little time for the water to clear, but patience and good weather from Mother Nature are the only cure.   Recognize the guys in the picture?  think Carolina basketball--


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"todays report" | Stori Teller | 08/17/04
 

Things are not looking as grim on the fishing scene as I expected .We left this morning with some concern about how the fishing was going to be after  we saw how dirty the inshore water was.With this in mind I decided to push the stori teller out into the slick calm ocean.We rode about nine miles to the a.r 485 where we found a descent bite of bluefish with one nice flounder of about four pounds thrown in for good measure.The water out there was definitly not clear but was alot better than it was inside the inlet.


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"Pogy Boats Strike Again!!" | Carolina Contender | 08/17/04
 

Here's an email that I got from a concerned area fisherman.   The problem will only get worse-- we are working to make a stand so be ready to be called to action.  This is serious--
Being concerned about the lack of bait coming down the beach. I went all the way to the mouth of the river and found the poggy boat catching poggies on the beach. I called the coast guard to have them report it DNR. The boat captain said that he was doing what he had been doing for years.In one of your reports you said that the boats were not allowed to get that close to the beach. 400 Yards I think is what you said.  let me know if that rule has changed. I would like to know if DNR ever got the measage. I waited around a couple of hours and noone showed.
I have been fishing these waters for 20 years aand I can see where this is headed if we dont start some noise about it. If they are breaking the rules it mighy help to get the word out.


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